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Friday, November 25, 2005

Stephanie Liteplo weds Benjamin Trafton


Stephanie Liteplo and Benjamin Trafton were married in the presence of family and friends in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, on August 20, 2005. The bride, who graduated from Concord-Carlisle High School and the Carlisle Schools, is the daughter of Merrill and Maya Liteplo of Curve Street. Ben is the son of Richard and Barbara Trafton of Auburn, Maine.

Stephanie and Ben met at Bates College, where they both graduated in 2000.

Erinn McNeill and Jessica Raymond, Stephanie's best friends since first grade in Carlisle, served as her maids of honor.

The couple currently resides in Cambridge, Massachusetts, but plans to move to London, England early in 2006 for approximately one year. Ben will continue working for Endeca Technologies, an enterprise software company headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Stephanie will complete requirements for an MBA degree from Boston College.

Walter johnson
Walter H. Johnson, Ph.D., of South Street, chairman of the Physics Department at Suffolk University, has been named 2005 Massachusetts Professor of the Year by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

Johnson was honored on Thursday, November 17, at an awards luncheon at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, D.C., followed by an evening Congressional Reception at the Library of Congress. This year there were winners in 40 states, Guam and the District of Columbia. Johnson was selected from among nearly 400 top professors in the United States.

Johnson's devotion to Suffolk can be traced back almost 35 years. "What I've always enjoyed above everything else is interacting with the students," said Johnson, who was educated at Rice University in Houston, Texas (B.A. in physics in 1965) and Harvard University (M.S. in physics in 1967 and Ph.D. in physics in 1972). "I try to teach each student on an individual basis as much as I can. I explain things using language that is appropriate for that student at that time. I encourage them to ask questions. Once that happens, I've got them."

Johnson lives on South Street with his wife, Lea, director of the Bouve Institute for Healthcare Leadership and Professional Development at Northeastern University, and their two children (Erin, 23, a graduate student at Villanova University and Adam, 16, a sophomore at Concord-Carlisle High School).

The family of Dr. Harry Schecter, formerly of Carlisle, who passed away on October 5, 2005 (see obituary, October 14, 2005) have received notice that he had been elected as a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and eligible to use the designatory letter "FinstP" with his name. The Institute says, "This senior class membership indicates a very high level of achievement in Physics and an outstanding contribution to the profession."

Benefit for Susan Hughes

There will be a benefit for Susan Alvarez Hughes on Sunday, December 4, from noon to 5 p.m. at Damon's in Cicero, New York. Admission is $10. There will be live music, raffles, gift certificates, and an auction of paintings by Carlisle's Phyllis Hughes.Susan Hughes is the wife of Karl Hughes, the mother of Connor Hughes, and the daughter-in-law of Phyllis Hughes. She is battling lymphoma.If you wish to attend or donate, call 1-978-371-9813 for information. Checks should be made to Karl Hughes and sent c/o Phyllis Hughes, 250 Acton Street, Carlisle.

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